THE MAN WHO TALKS TO BEES
June Whittaker lives in the foothills of Australia’s ‘High Country’, where she enjoys her retirement in the rural lifestyle, the local community of Tumbarumba, and the time to read and write. She founded The Friends of Tumbarumba Library and, as a member of the local Writers Group, helped with the publication of a series of three books titled ‘The Elders of Tumbarumba’. Early in her career she was a teacher and, shortly after, a lecturer at Wagga Teachers College. She later published a trilogy on the life of First Fleet convicts Henry Kable and Susannah Holmes. For ten years she was also history consultant for Old Sydney Town.
An appointment to Lecturer in History at the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) started her on a career for the Australian Government to design and deliver training programs for developing countries of the British Commonwealth. From there her career progressed to Director of long-term regional programs to strengthen training institutions of those countries in fields such as teacher education, public administration, food security, grain storage, and climate change. Her work and extensive travel led to many publications, the more significant being New Guinea histories. In 2009 she was awarded an OAM for her service to international relations.
A BEGINNERS’S GUIDE TO FRENCH
Kristin Murdock has been putting pen to paper all her life. Sharing a birthdate with Agatha Christie, its no surprise her favourite genre is crime. Once a prize winner in the Scarlett Stiletto Competition for crime writers, Kristin continues to hone her skills and loves country settings, having lived in a regional area of South Australia for much of her life. Kristin has three children who are used to her commenting on places as good murder scenes and an understanding American partner who is never sure whether to turn his back on her!
LOCAL ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
YET STILL STEADFAST
Isabelle grew up in Corryong, and later moved to Melbourne to pursue her studies. At Melbourne University she completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Creative Writing, followed by a Diploma of Education. Isabelle has always loved to travel and explore different cultures and parts of the world, however, something has always drawn her back to her hometown. In 2016,Isabelle and her partner purchased a cafe in Corryong. She is now kept busy running the cafe, writing whenever she has time, and planning her next adventure overseas.